Kolkata Knight Riders decided to gamble with playing Sunil Narine as an opener once again with Gautam Gambhir. This time though, the spinner fell for 6. Gambhir too managed just 15 before KKR found themselves in trouble at 40/2.
Coming in at No.3, Uthappa used all his experience to engineer a crafty 68 (39b 5x4 4x6) along with Manish Pandey who was guilty of a slow start -- scoring only 13 in his first 18 balls -- to finally score a 35-ball 46 (3x4, 2x6). The pair stitched together a 77-run third wicket partnership.
Watch the highlights of Uthappa’s innings in the video above.